Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituary

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituary

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Earl Francis Niehaus, S.M., died of cancer on July 26,1998, in New Orleans. He was born on January 6,1924, in Wheeling, West Virginia, and completed the last two years of high school and the first two years of college at the minor seminary of the Marist Fathers and Brothers, St. Mary's Manor, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. In 1944 he entered the Marist novitiate at Our Lady of the Elms on Staten Island, New York, and took his first vows in the Society of Mary on September 8,1945. He spent the next six years at the major seminary of the Marists in Washington, D.C., finishing his college work and studying theology for four years. He was ordained priest on February 17,1951. He then taught at Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette, Louisiana, for one year and at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for the next eight. During this period he earned a B.A. degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.A. degree in history at Tulane University. He received the Ph.D. degree from Tulane University in 1961 after writing a dissertation on "The Irish in New Orleans," which was published by the Louisiana State University Press in 1965. After teaching for one year at St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio, he became a professor in the Marist college seminary called St. Joseph's Manor in Bettendorf, Iowa, of which he later became superior. In 1967 Father Niehaus was appointed provincial superior of the Washington Province of the Society of Mary. Two years later, while attending the general chapter of his congregation in Rome, he was elected to the General Administration for an eight-year term and was also appointed Vicar General to the Superior General of the Society of Mary. …

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